SAN BERNARDINO (RNS) — Bishop Alberto Rojas has been named to lead the Diocese of San Bernardino — one of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic dioceses — and will succeed Bishop Gerald Barnes, who plans to submit his resignation in June.
Pope Francis appointed Rojas, an auxiliary bishop from Chicago, to be coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino. As coadjutor, Rojas will assist Barnes in administering the diocese in the months leading to his retirement.
Under church law, Roman Catholic bishops are required to submit their letter of resignation to the pope on their 75th birthday. Once Pope Francis accepts Barnes’ resignation, Rojas will assume the role of bishop.
At a Monday (Dec. 2) press conference, Barnes — who has held his post